Liverpool open talks with Stoke City over Xherdan Shaqiri transfer

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

The relegation ensured that a new release clause was triggered in Shaqiri's contract, with the 26-year-old now allowed to depart the club for a modest fee of £13 million - a true bargain in today's market.

The forward has been a player on Liverpool's radar since 2014 as the club, then managed by Brendan Rodgers, tried to prise him away from Bayern Munich, who blocked the deal, according to the player.

Klopp's side reached the Champions League final last season but finished a distant 25 points behind record breaking champions Manchester City.

Shaqiri would not be seen as someone to come in and start games immediately, though Klopp appreciates the importance of depth across his attacking positions. He admitted that he would like to leave following last season's relegation.

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Former Stoke boss Mark Hughes signed Shaqiri from Inter Milan in August 2015 for £12million.

One of Switzerland's star performances in Russian Federation, his last-minute victor against Serbia sent the side through to the World Cup's round of 16 before their campaign drew to a close with a defeat to Sweden.

They could have him in place to travel to the USA where they will play Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Manchester United later this month. Shaqiri could be signed in time to play a part in that trip. Before the World Cup, it was revealed that his ridiculously cheap release clause was attracting interest from several Premier League clubs with Liverpool said to be interested. Fekir is now part of the French squad which have made it to the World Cup final.

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